GDPR DPO as a Service for Health and Social Care

GDPR DPO as a Service for Health and Social Care

An outsourced DPO (data protection officer) service for health and social care organisations that are obliged to appoint a DPO under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) but do not have the necessary data protection knowledge or expertise.

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DPO requirements for health and social care organisations

Health and social care organisations face additional challenges in achieving GDPR compliance and securing patient data and publicly funded bodies often face budgetary constraints.

We have therefore adapted our DPO as a Service offering to meet these challenges.

Under the GDPR, a DPO is required for all public bodies and any organisations that:

  • Conduct regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale; or
  • Process large amounts of special categories of data, including health data, and data relating to criminal convictions.

A DPO is responsible for:

  • Informing and advising organisations of their data protection obligations.
  • Monitoring their compliance with the Regulation.
  • Providing advice about and monitoring the performance of data protection impact assessments.
  • Acting as a point of contact for the supervisory authority on issues relating to processing. 

DPOs must have expertise in national and European data protection law, including detailed knowledge of the GDPR, as well as a practical understanding of how to build, implement and manage a data protection programme.

Moreover, they must not have any conflicts of interest, so the role should not be filled by someone who processes or manages the processing of data as part of another role.

Outsourcing the DPO role

An outsourced DPO can be a cost-effective solution for health and social care organisations that do not have the necessary in-house expertise or whose operations mean that all staff process data in some form.

GRCI Law’s DPO services are provided by a team of impartial in-house legal experts with experience implementing data protection programmes in national and multinational organisations across all sectors. 

Benefits of an external DPO

  • Practical and cost-effective solution.
  • Access to independent, impartial DPO expertise.
  • Delivered by an in-house team so availability is not affected by holiday or absence.
  • Application of best practice in achieving and maintaining compliance with the GDPR.
  • Cost effective compared to an internal appointment.
  • Access to GDPR training and compliance solutions.

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About us

Led by our management team of experienced DPOs (data protection officers), lawyers, barristers, and information and cyber security experts, we provide DPO, breach, data privacy management, and data subject access request support, and associated non-reserved legal services.

We offer legal risk and compliance consultancy advice that you can trust, but without the burden of administrative duties and expenses that law firms must bear in order to carry out certain ‘reserved legal activities’, such as litigation, conveyancing and advocacy.

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If you have any queries or you’re unsure of how to progress, please get in touch with our team of experts who will be able to assist with your enquiry and provide guidance options.

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